Developing a Course

Developing a Course

Faculty are encouraged to consider teaching abroadTeaching a short-term course abroad is an excellent way to take an academic subject outside of a traditional setting and connect it to the realities and experiences of the wider world. 

Currently, faculty members may propose short-term programs exclusively for St. Kate's students or for students in the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE) consortium. In the recent past, faculty have taught during January, first or second summer session, and an "embedded" term--a 7-12 day program embedded within a term.  Whichever route a faculty member would like to take, the process begins with the Office of Global Studies. Begin by discussing your ideas with the Director of Global Studies to help decide on your approach, timing, and itinerary.

Course proposal and review guidelines and deadlines are available in this website or from the Office of Global Studies. All faculty must have course proposals approved by their department chair and by the Global Studies Faculty Advisory Committee. GSJ abroad courses must also be approved by the CORE Committee. 

Proposal deadlines run about a year and a half in advance, so expect to start planning 18-24 months before the intended start date of the course.

Compensation for teaching a global studies course involves several options:  for courses fully abroad, you will receive either an overload salary or you may in-load the course. If you are teaching an embedded global studies courses, you will receive your regular salary for the course. Your travel expenses are covered by program fees.

The short-term format allows for an in-depth examination of a specific topic, but rarely an overview of a discipline. These courses are not tours.  The location of the program is an essential part of the course, and faculty are expected to connect the learning to the sites visited. At the same time, faculty should consider the popularity of the topic. As a general rule, programs need to enroll sixteen students per professor to proceed.

If faculty members are considering team teaching, please make sure that each of the members understands the dynamics of the setting. Having an open mind to the schedule of an overseas experience is just as important for the faculty as it is for the students. Ideally, faculty members will have worked together in the past before proposing a joint course. Faculty members can also look to colleagues at other UMAIE schools in proposing a team-taught course. This helps to broaden the student audience. 

St. Catherine University invites faculty members to consider this experiential method for teaching. There are grants available to ranked faculty for the development of new courses. We encourage you to begin the planning process at least two years in advance to take advantage of these grant opportunities.